Astana: Pakistan and Kazakhstan 9 September agreed to execute joint projects in the fields of defense production, energy, and communication to widen the bilateral cooperation. The agreement was reached during a meeting between President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev who arrived at Beijing Palace Hotel where the President was staying for the bilateral meeting. The president was here to attend the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology being hosted by Kazakh government from September 10-11. He emphasized that the bilateral ties should be developed into the multifaceted partnership besides calling for enhancing the bilateral trade and relaxation of visa policy. 

The president thanked Kazakh government for opting a just stance on the issue of the membership of the nuclear supplier's group. Besides underscoring the need for enhancing the defense ties, the president also offered that Pakistan could assist in imparting skills to Kazakh people. He said Pakistan desired enhancing bilateral engagements in the fields of oil and gas and Pakistani firms could invest in the said sectors of Kazakhstan. He also called for establishing the air and road links between the two countries to enhance the trade volume.  President Mamnoon said there was a need for a quadrilateral framework for regional economic stability comprising Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. 

He said this year, both the countries were celebrating 25 years of the bilateral ties where they would explore new avenues for bilateral cooperation. President Mamnoon also suggested the exchange of delegations between the two countries in the fields of industry, trade, culture, and education which was accepted by the Kazakh prime minister. He also proposed the enhanced bilateral cooperation in banking, infrastructure, construction, food processing, energy, science, and technology. In his remarks, the Kazakh prime minister said after its inclusion in Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a member, Pakistan's ties in the region would improve. 

He also thanked Pakistan for supporting Kazakhstan for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council. He apprised the president that Kazakhstan desired to extend cooperation to Pakistan in the fields of minerals, mining, transport, and communications. The Kazakh premier said Kazakhstan also desired to be part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and also proposed interaction among the experts from both the sides. 

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